“You killed the thing you love”
Gene Simmons has continued his “Rock is Dead” Tyride in a new interview – this time, he is blaming young people for the genre’s alleged demise.
Simmons first announced rock “Finally Dead” in 2014, when KISS bassist accused his record label of failing to adequately support rock artists during an interview conducted by his son, Nick, to be in Esquire.
Last month, Simmons doubled his claims in another interview Gulf News, Telling the outlet “Rock is dead” as the new acts “didn’t take the time to create glamor, excitement and epic stuff”.
Speaking on New York’s Q104.3 radio station on February 4, Simmons further stated in his opinion, this time pointing fingers at “young fans”.
When asked by host Jonathan Clarke whether Simmons meant his original “Rock is Dead” comment in reference to the streaming number’s radio play, Simmons replied, “in all ways. And the perpetrators are young fans.
“You kill the thing you love.” Because as soon as streaming came in, you took a chance for new great bands living in the shadows, who can’t quit their day job because you can’t earn a penny to put your music there, because when you do stuff When downloading, it is one-hundredth or one-thousandth part.
“And so you are millions to millions, and even before you can download billions you can make something grand. And the fans have killed that thing. So the business is dead.”
See Simmons’ full interview below:
Despite his wayward comments, Simmons is set to rock, having recently announced a partnership with the iconic guitar brand Gibson to launch a new guitar and bass collection.
Under the name G left, the collaboration will feature Gibson’s new collections of left-handed electric guitars and basses at the Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer brands, as well as developing new entertainment content to flow globally.
After the announcement, Simmons said, “I’ve been designing and trademarking bass guitars for decades, and when I heard about Gibson and learned about his creative process, just let us take things to the next level It made sense to join the army. “